How to Improve Academic Performance: Stay Active!

Physical activity has long been recommended as a way to keep physical health in check and to promote healthy growth and development, but research also indicates that physical activity is important for brain and learning health as well. Studies from 2013 suggest that increasing physical activities and physical fitness may improve academic performance and that …

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School Anxiety: How To Help Your Teen This Semester

Being a teenager comes with a unique set of challenges, with academic-related stress and pressures causing anxiety in many students. This anxiety can be compounded with the uncertainty of today’s academic structure in light of the global pandemic. Teenage anxiety surrounding school can impact learning and academic success, but awareness of this anxiety and intervention …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

Many teens struggle to thrive in the atmosphere of traditional schooling when they find content, teaching methods, and the very structure of schooling to be irrelevant to them and the world around them. For these students, a variety of factors such as learning challenges, a lack of motivation, struggles with authority figures, and mental health …

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Teen Wilderness Therapy Program: Link Between ADHD & Behavior Issues

ADHD is one of the most common disorders among young people–as a teen wilderness therapy program, we’re very familiar with this issue and the problems that can arise with it. While both boys and girls are diagnosed with ADHD quite often, how it works in young girls is less understood than in boys. A new …

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Experiential Learning: Academic Curriculum at blueFire Wilderness Therapy

At blueFire, we believe that the best wilderness therapy programs not only offer therapy in a wilderness setting, but they also use the wilderness as a tool for therapy and experiential learning. A similar concept applies to our academic programming: experiential learning is built into every part of our wilderness therapy program, rather than as …

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Benefits of a Wilderness Therapy Program for Teen with ADHD

As children with ADHD enter adolescence, they are more likely to experience behavior problems as they tend to think outside the box. Many parents express concerns about traditional treatment options for ADHD, like medication management, especially if their teen is beginning to experiment with other substances. Wilderness therapy is a powerful option for teens with …

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My Teen Just Got Expelled from School – Now What?

So, your teen just got expelled from school and now you’re thinking frantically: “Now what?” Traditional schools settings don’t work for every student. Sometimes traditional schools just aren’t equipped to help those students reach their full potential. Clients fall through the cracks; the ones with learning differences, anxiety, or other challenges. They feel like there’s …

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Outside the Classroom: Hands-On Learning in Wilderness Programs

Failing grades, getting into trouble with teachers, fighting with peers–for many of our families, school has become the pinnacle of their struggle. Whether parents like it or not, a teenager’s job is to be a client and if they feel as if they’re failing at that job, it can impact them not only academically, but …

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ADHD Treatment for Teens: Why Fidget Spinners Aren’t a Cure

Trendy toys come and go all the time–it seems like there’s a new craze every couple of months–but the fidget spinners have a new claim they’re focusing on instead of fun: mental health. Some are claiming that fidget spinners can basically replace ADHD treatment for teens in the classroom, but many professionals believe this claim …

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